A QUICK glance at the Sylvester's bench in Parnell Park last Saturday suggested all was not lost heading into the early stages of the second half.Plunkett's though down two key players in Alan Brogan and Jason Sherlock had twice pickpocketed their defence to open up a six point lead a few minutes after the turnaround. Momentum though is key and Syls had that by the bucket load as they turned this round four fixture completely on its head to pull off the shock of championship. Plunketts went into the game as second favourites to win the championship outright but managed just one point from the 35th minute on. Central to Syl's comeback was the half time introductions of both Darren Clarke and Russi Cleere. Clarke was the big game changer, with his mobility up front combined with his free taking prowess seeing a rejuvenated Slys side win through to the quarter final. Speaking on Monday, Syls manager, Gabriel Bannigan was delighted with the result. 'Obviously it's our biggest win since I've taken over, but we have been threatening to do it for a while now.' 'Genuinely, I wasn't that worried when went six points down as I felt we were playing well enough up to that point. And from the 35th minute I felt the boys would press on which they did.' Another interesting statistic from Saturday's game was the fact that All-Star nominee, Bernard Brogan, was held scoreless from play although Bannigan wasn't placing too much significance on that stat. 'It's just one point less than the last time we played them. He is a quality forward but at the same time he is only good as the ball going into him.' 'The middle third was always going to be crucial and I thought Padraig (Bracken) and Ross (Hazely) put in an awful amount of work in the middle. And when we didn't have the ball I thought we made life very difficult for them.' A fisted effort from Adrian Darcy inside five minutes handed Plunketts an early two-point advantage with an uncontested point from Craig Dunleavy doubling their advantage with seven minutes left in the half. And despite struggling a bit with his free taking, Miceál McCarthy soon had the measure of his marker. Two fine scores from just inside the right hand touchline saw Syls just two points in arrears at the break 1-4 to 0-5. A contentious free as far as Sys were concerned saw Garreth Smith convert shortly after the restart and then a break from former Dublin player, Declan Lally, created an overlap which allowed Smith to fist home from close in, 2-5 to 0-5. But from there, Syl's took charge with Clarke (2) and McCarthy sending over three unanswered frees for the Malahide men. And buoyed on by a well taken score from impressive wing back, Gavai McAardle, Syls moved ever closer to the Plunketts tally with a McCarthy point and a Clarke free to level proceedings with four minutes to go. The decisive score arrived moments later when off a long ball played in by Nigel Dunne, Alan Foy took a return pass off McCarthy before unleashing a low left footed drive, which Plunketts keeper, Philip Brogan, managed to save, but McCarthy was on hand to turn the loose ball home. And with the bit firmly between their teeth, Syls continued their fantastic run with Cleere and Dunne pointing before Smith sent over a late score for Plunketts who had Paul Brogan sent off for a second yellow with just moments to go.